Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

HMMM… DO YOU THINK THAT THIS… THAT THE, THE BOARD'S POLICY WAS IN ANY WAY A REACTION TO SOME OF THE OTHER CASES THAT HAD GONE BEFORE, THE AUTHORINE LUCY CASE FOR EXAMPLE?

Dr. Robert Ellis:

Well, there were other cases that were uh, confronted by the board of trustees before uh, uh, Meredith's case. Uh, we were involved in two or three situations in which the board was able to come to a, a uh, satisfactory conclusion without litigation. Uh, I recall at the time that the board of trustees had a, a scholarship program which enabled uh, blacks who might otherwise uh, qualify for admission to the University of Mississippi to enroll at other institutions in other parts of the country and the board uh, would provide funding which would enable uh, those blacks to to attend those institutions. And uh, the board had used this policy, uh, this scholarship uh, to enable blacks to go to school elsewhere.